New chief executive at Grimsby engineering giant Engie Fabricom

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 17 Jan 2018

ONE of Grimsby’s largest engineering businesses has a new figurehead.

Engie Fabricom’s chief operating officer, Richard Webster, is to take over as chief executive at the multi-discipline engineering consultancy and construction company, following Dutch national Wichard Huigen’s 18 month stint as interim head.

A chartered accountant and University of Hull graduate, who joined KPMG in the city after his studies, he has served in a number of senior roles at the Europarc giant, including chief financial officer.

He said: “I am passionate about the company and its people and I want to reinforce the cultural change and growth Wichard has achieved in his short time in the UK. 

“I also want to ensure that all our people aim for operational excellence, abiding by our core values and ensure our clients view us as their partner of choice.”

Since taking over from the long-serving Nigel Carton, there has been a near tripling of the turnover, a return to healthy profitability, and a strong order book. Mr Huigen is now moving on to new ventures in continental Europe.

Of his time at the helm of the company that provides engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance to clients operating in oil, gas, power, chemical, energy from waste and renewable energy industries, Mr Huigen, pictured right, said: “It has been a pleasure serving the Engie Fabricom organisation for the last year and a half. As a team we have taken the next steps in our evolution and established a unique position between the large engineering companies and the focused construction management companies in the UK.  

“I am really proud of the team that achieved a great output in 2017, supporting other Engie entities abroad as well, including our team in Alberta, Canada.”

One of the biggest achievements was the appointment as principal contractor on a pioneering £58 million Humber project. It is to deliver the design and build of a state-of-the-art wood chip plant, having been appointed as the main engineering, procurement and construction contractor by Tricoya Ventures UK Ltd. It is to be built at Saltend Chemicals Park, and a total of 130 jobs will be created throughout the construction. Announced in late October a project team including process, procurement, mechanical, electrical, control and instrumentation, piping and civil discipline engineers was established at Engie Fabricom’s Immingham facility, as site works began. 

A first of its kind in the world, the facility will manufacture acetylated wood chips, which will be used to make ultra-durable, non-toxic MDF panels, suitable for external construction uses. 

CONTRACT WIN: The team breaks ground at Saltend, with project crew at Immingham, bottom right. Bottom left, A similar plant in Holland Engie Fabricom has worked on, and how external MDF can be used to glorious effect. 

Mr Huigen added: “Personally, I have enjoyed the UK. I have learned a lot from the British, like their polite style and humour, and yes, enjoyed the food! 

“Having worked closely with Richard on a daily basis I am convinced he is the right man to take Engie Fabricom UK to future growth. He has the experience, the support from the team and the drive to do so and he is the logical successor. I wish Richard and his team the best of luck.”

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